Dating on a Dime

Published December 29, 2021 7:22am

Dating on a Dime

When you are strapped for cash, the prospect of dating can be a little daunting. However, in reality, there is no need to spend a ton of dough in order to have a fantastic and memorable experience with someone new and exciting. In fact, some of the less expensive dating options can ignite the flames of passion just as effectively as the pricey ones.

Since most dates occur between people who aren't acquainted yet, it is best to meet in a public place. This can cause a financial dilemma for those who want to date without meeting up at a residence. Never fear! There still are plenty of viable and fun ways to share time with that special someone.

For example, instead of opting for a fancy dinner at a swanky restaurant, why not let nature be your backdrop? Most national and county parks are free to enter and provide plenty of entertainment opportunities for couples. Bring a blanket, a bottle of wine and a picnic basket for a romantic meal in the shade.

Many major cities also offer free movies in the park after dusk. Check your local paper or park websites for any free live concerts, arts and crafts shows or other events that you may be interested in taking your hottie to. Being under the stars and feeling the wind in your hair could relax the two of you enough to get the conversation and juices flowing.

Better still, get silly and let your inner child loose. Go down a double slide together, feed the ducks or jump on the swing set. Or, bring along a Frisbee, roller skates or some fishing poles. Good times and laughter are sure to follow.

If being outside is not your thing, don't worry about it. There are plenty of inside options for dating on a small budget. Many museums offer free entry for local residents one day out of the week. This can provide an atmosphere that stimulates interesting and provocative dialogue during the date, hopefully about something other than how mean their ex was. Delving into their views and reactions about the items on display can fast forward the “getting to know you” process and it can really open up your mind to new ideas.

If you want to meet up for a drink, check for coupons and happy hours online before committing to any plans. Usually, on off nights and early evenings most bars will offer special pricing on drinks in order to bring in more business. Happy hours also generally provide the patrons with a quieter environment, which is more conducive to talking, as opposed to shouting over drunken barflies while trying to become closer to your date. Also, as far as tipping goes, it's always best to run a tab, instead of paying per drink. This will ensure that you do not mistakenly pay more than the standard 20% tip.

Most importantly, just get out there and have a great time! If the connection is there and the company is good, you will find that even the least expensive date can be an absolute blast.